Planetary Formation

Rogue Planets Can Find Homes Around Other Stars

[/caption] As crazy as it sounds, free-floating rogue planets have been predicted to exist for quite some time and just…

10 years ago

‘Nomad’ Planets Could Outnumber Stars 100,000 to 1

[/caption] Could the number of wandering planets in our galaxy – planets not orbiting a sun -- be more than…

10 years ago

Scientists Find New Clues About the Interiors of ‘Super-Earth’ Exoplanets

[/caption] As we learned in science class in school, the Earth has a molten interior (the outer core) deep beneath…

11 years ago

Carbon “Super Earths” – Diamond Planets

[/caption]During a laboratory experiment at Ohio State University, researchers were simulating the pressures and conditions necessary to form diamonds in…

11 years ago

Asteroid Lutetia… A Piece Of Earth?

[/caption] According to data received from ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft, ESO’s New Technology Telescope, and NASA telescopes, strange asteroid Lutetia could…

11 years ago

Planetary Pinball – Uranus Gets The “Tilt”

[/caption] Popular theory on how Uranus ended up with a highly eccentric axis has always been pretty standard - one…

11 years ago

Zooming in on Proto-Planetary Disks

On the road to planetary formation, the first step is an accretion disk around a proto-star. Such disks, known as…

11 years ago

The Hunt for Young Exoplanets

While there is a great deal of excitement and effort in the hopes of finding small, terrestrial sized exoplanets, another…

12 years ago

Tight Binaries are ‘Death Stars’ for Planets

[/caption] Astronomers studying double star systems where the two stars are extremely close have found a pattern of destruction. While…

12 years ago

How Water Protected Our Molecules

One would think that crafting a shield out of water wouldn't do much good (not in medieval combat re-enactments, anyways).…

13 years ago